Los Angeles’ Brownies & Lemonade announces inaugural tour

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Brownies & Lemonade has spent years making a name for itself on the Los Angeles party circuit. Now known for putting on shows with impeccably on-trend bass, trap and future artists, open aux cord nights, secret venues, even more secret lineups, B&L has become a stalwart in the LA electronic scene through grassroots measures.

But the spontaneous and secretive nature of the events they put on is now shifting. After weeks of teasing new party locations on Twitter, the group announced its first-ever Brownies & Lemonade tour. Featuring the party’s frequently featured artists like Alexander Lewis, CRAY, KRANE, Luca Lush and Vincent, the tour will kick off on September 29 in San Diego. With nine total dates culminating in a show on December 8 in Houston, Brownies & Lemonade will tour the western half of North America. More information is available on the B&L website, where tickets are on sale now.

Louis The Child releases remixes for ‘Better Not’ from Hotel Garuda and more

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Producer duo Louis The Child are known over the years for their individual style that is readily evident across their excellent remixes and bouncy originals.

With their upbeat sound and foolproof productions, it’s no surprise that they release a beautiful 9-track remix package for their latest release. “Better Not,” featuring the ever so swaggy Wafia.

Hotel Garuda reimagines it by kicking the tempo up a notch and, adding a four on the floor beat. In doing so they deliver an excellently house tune that is sprinkled with groovy strumming bass.

Other remixers include Krane, who takes the remix and builds the track into a cinematic wonderland. Picture driving at hyper speed surrounded in emotional chords and following the sound of the heroic lead as it guides you through the bass ridden drop.

Montell2099 also comes in and delivers an uplifting funky soul tune that provokes dancing so be warned.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 33

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Fresh off his debut album in October, KRANE continues to wow. His latest is a stunning remix of Dua Lipa‘s “Be The One.” Backed by top-notch sound design throughout and a series of dramatic, fluttering synths in the chorus, KRANE’s crafted a beautiful rendition of an already tiptop song.

After months of waiting, dubstep fans finally have new Dodge & Fuski material. Turns out they’ve been working on an 13-track album, humbly titled The Greatest Album of All Time, and “Mistakes” with PhaseOne and The Arcturians is one of its latest singles. The Disciple track is one of pure energy. It’s packed with the heavy wubs we know and love from both bass acts, along with haunting vocals from The Arcturians that give the track a unique flavor.

Koven kick off the sophomore installment in the Monstercat x Rocket League collaborative album series with a drumstep original, “My Love.” Katie Boyle’s heartfelt vocals put a more lighthearted touch on the verses, but other parts of the song are a whole different animal. The duo have put together a track that exudes intensity in the best way, making it the perfect kick-off for the forthcoming compilation album.

Unlike Pluto has tapped into my nostalgia. Last Friday, he released an incredibly emotive cover of My Chemical Romance‘s 2004 hit, “Helena.” His vocal-centered rendition strips down the original track to a slower-paced ballad that oozes pure emotion and passion. Unlike Pluto’s voice is so well-suited for this track, and I’ve found myself re-obsessed with it 14 years later.

Seven years and countless remixes later, Porter Robinson‘s “Unison” remains one of the greatest hits of the early “EDM” era. It’s been reworked, revamped, reshaped, and re-imagined into genres across the board — and some are truly a treat. This latest one from SYN is a substantial contender. The mysterious producer ushers in the iconic melody before plunging listeners into a sea of glitchy bass. It’s raw and harsh, but in the best possible way.

H/T to DA managing editor M. Cooper for this one.

Catch up with KRANE on his FALLOUT tour [Q&A + Ticket Giveaway]

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After countless hours spent honing his sound, KRANE released his debut LP, Fallout, in October 2017. The 10-track album is the culmination of years of listening to and creating music, and was met with high praise from fans, fellow musicians and publications around the world. The producer has followed up the massive release with an accompanying cross-country tour. We caught up with KRANE to hear how the tour is going so far and what’s coming up in 2018.

What can attendees of the FALLOUT tour expect from your shows?

This is the most me performances to date. Tons of old and new KRANE, and a lot of exclusive edits, remixes and unreleased tunes. The sets are dynamic, and don’t just stay within one kind of sound. MYRNE, Slumberjack and Alexander Lewis are all incredible performers as well, and we’ll have a few surprises on stage for people as well. Have also worked to create a new set of visuals to accompany the music – overall I think people should be very excited.

What are you most excited for with this tour? Any dates you’re particularly looking forward to?

I mean, I can’t pick any one city. Because this is my first headline tour, I feel like the crowds have been more exuberant, open-minded and just wanted to have fun compared to any prior show I’ve played. The energy has been incredible and Im just excited to bring the show to as many people as I can. Though.. if I had to pick a fav it might be Austin, because I get to gorge myself on BBQ the next day…

What has reception of your debut LP been like in the few months since its release?

Above and beyond what I could have hoped for – really. I was worried with putting out so much content at once it’d invite a lot of critique – and while there has been some, it’s filled me with excitement to hear how much it’s resonated with my fans. It’s very heartwarming, and I think people are finding their own story within the album and that’s fantastic.

After part one of the FALLOUT tour wraps up, what are your plans for the remainder of 2018?

More collabs, more remixes, another LP or album (in the works), and just finding more and more ways to serve my listeners, who are truly the most valuable part of this whole project.

Enter to win two tickets to see KRANE play alongside Borgore and GG Magree at The Hollywood Palladium on Feb. 23 below.

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KRANE discusses his Dim Mak album ‘Fallout,’ SESSIONS 2018, and finding his sound [Interview]

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KRANE is an eternally evolving force, creating ripples throughout the dance music sphere with each new phase in his career thanks to his recurring motif of emotive future bass. Starting at his entry as an up-and-coming artist 3 years ago, KRANE has always maintained a forward-thinking modus operandi with everything he’s done — this is only one of many key elements that have played to his advantage. Alongside other soon-to-blow up-future bass embracers like Devault, Whethan, and SteLouse, his remixes and originals have since become influential pieces of artwork that have helped dictate the overall path the genre would go on.

The maverick began steadily building his fanbase after moments like his collaboration series SESSIONS and a debut LP Debris, eventually finding himself booked at a vast amount of high-profile gigs and continuing to release dynamic singles to supplement his tour life. His efforts have quickly made him a well-established name, and the future is only looking brighter. Currently, KRANE is now in the production phase of his second album Fallout, released on Steve Aoki‘s label Dim Mak. The album is jack-packed with collaborations from some of the hottest and best artist of 2017 and can be heard in full below.

We talked with KRANE about his recently released album, his come up, going in-depth into one of the staples of the scene.

What new themes did you build into ‘Fallout,’ and how are you hoping to connect with fans with it?

FALLOUT draws from a wide range of sounds I’ve become known for over the last year or two, and it presents them as a whole narrative, something cinematic. People will recognize these works as markedly my sound, but my hope is to elevate my style and in presenting them as a whole, show them as a collection.

How do you feel signing the album with DIM MAK?

First and foremost, it is important for me to surround myself with people I think are of high quality of character. Aside from DM putting in their time, hard work and investment into this project, and really believing in it, I believe in them as people and as a label that culturally resonates with me. Im most happy to be partnered with them on this release and grateful for everything they’ve done to help get it out to the world.

What first got you into future bass and what appeals to you about this genre versus others?

I’m still not totally sure what future bass is ha ha. Some of the first producers that hooked me into this scene were what I guess people would consider future bass, or at least it’s predecessors- people like Rustie and Hudson Mohawke. But honestly, I don’t see myself as married to any one genre, and sometimes I think about the ways “future bass” or “trap” are defined, and some of the boundaries don’t really make sense to me. So, my plans to just keep making music that resonates with me and not sweat the labels.

You are, in part, credited for taking future bass to a broader audience like other few others were able to do, were there any turning points around late 2015 that led to this continuous momentum?

I am!?! Well that’s a high compliment. I’m not sure I can really claim credit here – but I’ll take your word for it ;). I can’t point to any one moment where things start moving faster. It’s really been a slow build. Little successes build on each other and feed into the next one. It’s been a tremendous amount of work and fun, and I just try and remember to celebrate every little positive, and never become complacent.

How do you help maintain originality in such a saturated genre field?

Purely by accident I think. I got into electronic music rather late in my musical background. It was only a few years ago I really started listening to it in earnest, and producing it. I’m more often than not trying to make my music “fit in” to the field, than sound apart. I find it just sounds, well, different on accident- because my background of influences stems from mostly music outside of electronic.

How did the SESSIONS series come about initially? Can you share any details regarding how it will play out in 2018?

SESSIONS came about rather organically, when I was considering how to keep collaborating and releasing music while reserving space for my singles to breathe. Further, I was becoming inundated with production questions and “collab bros?” I wanted to turn that energy into something positive and generative. Since its start, SESSIONS has been as much about giving back as rewarding for me though- I learn a tremendous amount, I am blessed with the opportunity for these amazing producers out there (known and unknown) to share their hard-worked WIP’s with me, It’s really incredible. I’m underway working on the next batch of SESSIONS selections with some amazing producers. And looking ahead, I have schemes to grow this into much more of a platform for people to work together, and collectively get their name heard… stay tuned though.

What factors do you tend to look at for SESSIONS candidates?

Just the music they send, is the only important thing. I don’t care how big or small they are, reputation wise. I don’t even care what genre. If its a good song its a good song. And then second to that, I have to know what to do with the song straight away to contribute meaningful to it, and finish it- I have to work really fast on these records, which is part of the fun/challenge- so sometimes I get an amazing WIP but I’m just totally not sure what to do with it and have to pass on it. Its very idiosyncratic and try and make sure people understand its not a contest- it has nothing to do with the “best” songs being chosen- just the ones that resonate with me, my tastes at the moment and my ability to jump right into it.

What collaboration are you most stoked to be apart of released or unreleased?

Oh, you can’t make me choose… For me, this album is not just about me but my community too, and I am absolutely excited and honored to share these tracks with SLUMBERJACK, QUIX, Graves and everyone else. People I really admire as producers.


What has been the most memorable moment career-wise in 2017?

Eating pig brain in china… I still can’t get that taste out of my mouth.


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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 13

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Fox Stevenson‘s For Fox Sake EP made its debut on Disciple on Oct. 27, featuring three original mixes and one remix. Stevenson, who has been releasing a little bit of everything lately, largely featured dubstep on this EP — aside from the fourth track, a drum and bass remix of “Miss You.” He returns to his roots for this bass-heavy rework of his own track, implementing a racing beat to complement his vocals and the original track’s grungy dubstep wobbles.

As a sucker for emotion-packed vocals over a drum and bass rhythm, Dualistic’s “Thunder” featuring MENN caught my ear immediately. Dreamy vocals take center stage in the minute-long build, leading up to a surprisingly bold drum and bass drop. Liquicity Records hit the nail on the head with this release, as it perfectly evokes a feeling of nostalgia while still providing the fast-paced rhythm listeners like me crave.

KRANE‘s new Fallout LP is insane. Throughout the entirety of its 10-track length, the producer takes his listeners on a deeply personal journey, “a celebration of where [his] sound is today.” A stand-out track to me is “Titan,” featuring Nolan Van Lith. This dramatic, anthemic trap tune is so detail-oriented, setting it apart in the saturated trap market. Powerful synth melodies shine in the chorus, made more dramatic by an underlying trap beat.

Rob Gasser‘s playful, glitchy style shines through perfectly in the release of his “Ricochet” VIP mix. In the track description, he notes that the drop featured in this VIP rework was originally supposed to be used in the March NoCopyrightSounds release before he scrapped it. Though it’s short at 2 minutes and 10 seconds, it’s a fun new look at the original track with trippy video game-like vibes and a heavy beat.

Since seeing Puppet live for the first time in September, I have an even greater appreciation for his completely unique style. In recent releases, he’s been showcasing his own vocals layered over top of his impeccably produced instrumentals. August’s “Here Again” and the latest release, “Bigger Picture,” highlight a more punk rock-based style of electronic music with raw vocals and catchy guitar riffs. I’m loving this new style and can’t wait to see what he releases next.

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KRANE’s ‘Fallout’ LP has finally arrived

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Years of cultivating a distinctive, heady bass sound have culminated into KRANE‘s debut album Fallout. The expansive project has been in the works for some time, during which he compiled all his influences into a cohesive body of work which he states represents “much of my personal sound and background developed over the years of listening to and creating music.” Diving deeper than the average trap artist, KRANE sought to make an album that would be a full expression of him, beyond just music, drawing inspiration from “the aesthetics of movies, television and literature” he enjoys as well.

Fallout thus resulted in a ten-piece collection of heavy, yet enthralling numbers. KRANE wastes little time in reaching high levels of energy. After a smooth “Chemical,” which offers a more “mellowed” soundscape that is warmed by Ahsha & Lemay’s vocal contribution, the Bay Area producer hops right into a festival-ready “Next World.” The QUIX-assisted record is a minimal, yet dramatic trap effort with a cinematic climax at the end wrought by strings samples and buzzing chords.

KRANE truly demonstrates his roots in the wild side of the bass realm through Fallout. A wide array of its compositions are made for the dance space, and make for an invigorating listening in any environment. “Hollow (ft. SLUMBERJACK),” for example, plays around with Eastern-inspired melodies that pep up the lower frequencies. Spitfire verses by Nick Row paired with tingling breakdowns and heavy drops makes “PCP” one of the weightiest cuts on the LP. “Forgotten” fosters a futuristic atmosphere, aided by retro-inspired synthesizers and subtle vocoded vocal accents.

However, the bass maven’s softer side shines on this album as well. He uses a future bass medium for tracks of this variety on Fallout, and pairs it with an assortment of melodic progressions that conjure sentimentality. Through its closer “Nobody But You,” KRANE paints an almost poignant mental picture that is amplified by soaring melodies and gentle rhythms. “Titan,” which features Nolan van Lith, uses arpeggios and titillating highs to create hair-raising effect. His “Away From You” interlude shows off his jazzy side, as sweeping notes and celestial sampling make even ambient sound charged.

Fallout was released on October 26. Purchase the album here.





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KRANE and QUiX, two rising artists both known for their distinct and unique sounds, have come together to create something truly of its own kind. “Next World” is a track that seamlessly blends KRANE’s future bass sounds with QUIX’s heavy trap vibes, but also maintains the two’s individual styles. This track features polished and fluid melodies alongside a heavy hitting bass-line and trap feel. “Next World” is more than ear catching, with the wide array of sounds that are heard throughout it. With this release, KRANE and QUIX have shown how mixing and contrasting two different sub genres can bring out a whole new element to a track and music overall.

Every action the collaborators took within this track fits effectively within the big picture. The two have managed to preserve their individuality as artists, while also producing something fresh and new that no one else has done before.



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KRANE came up with the crew of successful future bass artists like STéLOUSE, Devault and Whethan, who topped the genre via incredible songwriting and their ability to be one step ahead of the game.

KRANE’s “Nobody But You” captures the sound we know and love from him, with an added spiritual-type vibe. He uses an ominous electric guitar, sustained synth, and horn work in the drop to round out his latest original piece of work. “Nobody But You” consolidates the world KRANE introduced us to, then takes it up a notch.

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Launchpad: Achieve weekend nirvana with this eclectic playlist

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Launchpad is a playlist series showcasing music we love, hand selected by our staff. The tracks come from both emerging and mainstream artists; it’s all about the quality and the unexpected. If you’d like your music featured in Launchpad, submit it for consideration here.

This one’s got a little bit of everything. Electronic music, particularly the heavy-hitting, dark kind, can come in many forms, and this playlist touches on a lot of them. There’s electro, grime, deep house, trap, and more. But you can be sure that pressing play will take you into a zone that only this strain of heavy hitting electronic can. Put it on at the tailgate, the pre-party, or even while you study. Just don’t be surprised if you end up hyped.

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While we’re pretty sure there’s no relation to Beyonce, Shanica Knowles’ vocals are a perfect complement to to the longing, epic odyssey-style production of Adam Davenport. Marat Leon’s “My Return Address Is You” remix starts with a singular focus on the siren-esque vocals, and steadily builds to a fever pitch through a drumline-style driving beat that leads into a electro-infused breakdown.

Mikey Ceaser – “Carried Away (prod. by Grabbitz & Ray Volpe)”
We’re all about the cross-genre collaborations, and the Grabbitz and Ray Volpe production on “Carried Away” feels like the ideal platform for hip hop artist Mikey Ceaser to jump on. The build in tempo is backed up by an increasingly frenetic verse delivery from Ceaser leading to  an “I-smell-something-funky” drop that will have you wanting to either start a mosh-pit or be doing 90 on the highway on a motorcycle. Guaranteed.

Adam Davenport & Shanica Knowles – “My Return Address Is You (Marat Leon Remix)”
Mikey Ceaser – “Carried Away (prod. by Grabbitz & Ray Volpe)”
David Starfire – “Taphon (Defunk Remix)”
Buckley – “Lost”
Stroem – “Babylon (Extended Mix)”
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